MLK Day Writing & Craft for Kindergarten

Looking for a simple, effective, and FREE writing craft for your kindergarten class?  My students will be reading about Dr. King, thinking about what their own dream of kindness looks like, writing about their dream, and wrapping it up with a cut and paste craft.



I have posted the FREE packet in my TPT store.  If you are in need of an activity when you come back from the holiday weekend, this might do the trick.

Link:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MLK-Day-Kindergarten-Writing-and-Craft-FREE-3591495

Kindergarten ReadyGEN Unit 4 Vocabulary Journal Prompts

Vocabulary journal prompts for my ReadyGEN Unit 4 Kindergarten interactive vocab notebooks are here!  I am so excited for this particular unit to be complete since my team will be hitting this one hot and heavy in late January.  Nothing like a little pressure to light a fire under me. :)


Vocabulary Words Included for the Following Books:
• Unit 4A: Apple Pie Fourth of July {23 key words)
• Unit 4A: Clothes In Many Cultures {20 key words}
• Unit 4B: Making Music {18 key words}
• Unit 4B: I Love Saturdays y domingos {30 key words}


Teachers Will:
Choose the version that will best support your students:
 • Vocab word with 3 handwriting lines for word writing practice
 • Vocab word with definition and 2 handwriting lines for writing practice

Copy the page of words you need for the day/lesson. Cut each full size sheet of paper into four pieces (one per quarter sheet per student).

Students Will:
Students will glue their vocabulary word (quarter sheet) into the notebook on the left hand side. Write the word on the lines provided. Draw a picture of the meaning of the word on the right hand side of the notebook.  Below are two examples of what vocabulary in my classroom looks like.  (Pictures taken during Unit 2 / Farming Then and Now.  The top illustration is a "crop of corn" and below that is "veggies in a harvest basket".  #somuchlearningtakingplace)

Check out my FREE units and modules story map HERE!

Unit 1 vocabulary journal prompts can be found HERE!

Unit 2 vocabulary journal prompts can be found HERE!

Unit 3 vocabulary journal prompts can be found HERE!

Unit 4 vocabulary journal prompts can be found HERE!

Units 5 and 6...coming REAL soon! They must be complete before Christmas break is over. The heat is on, baby!

Unit 3 Kindergarten ReadyGEN Vocabulary Journal Notebook Prompts

The Unit 3 vocabulary journal prompt packet, featuring vocabulary words that fit beautifully with ReadyGEN Kindergarten, is finally here!  My kindergarten team has already completed both stories in 3A.  We will jump into 3B as soon as we return from winter break.  With our crazy Pacific Northwest weather changing as frequently and harshly as it tends to this time of year, this is the perfect time to read books related to weather! #bringit



Vocabulary Words Included for the Following Books:
• Unit 3A: Come On, Rain! {41 key word}
• Unit 3A: The Snowy Day {18 key words}
• Unit 3B: Weather Words and What They Mean {35 key words}
• Unit 3B: What Will the Weather Be? {26 key words}


Teachers Will:
Choose the version that will best support your students:
 • Vocab word with 3 handwriting lines for word writing practice
 • Vocab word with definition and 2 handwriting lines for writing practice

Copy the page of words you need for the day/lesson. Cut each full size sheet of paper into four pieces (one per quarter sheet per student).

Students Will:
Students will glue their vocabulary word (quarter sheet) into the notebook on the left hand side. Write the word on the lines provided. Draw a picture of the meaning of the word on the right hand side of the notebook.  Below are two examples of what vocabulary in my classroom looks like.  (Pictures taken during Unit 2 / Farming Then and Now.  The top illustration is a "crop of corn" and below that is "veggies in a harvest basket".  #LOVEIT)


Check out my FREE units and modules story map HERE!

Unit 1 vocabulary journal prompts can be found HERE!

Unit 2 vocabulary journal prompts can be found HERE!

Unit 3 vocabulary journal prompts can be found HERE!

Units 4, 5, and 6...coming soon!

ReadyGEN Aligned Vocabulary Kindergarten Unit 2

My district uses ReadyGEN for ELA.  It can be quite bland for kindergarten students.  If you've taught kindergarten in a ReadyGEN district, you know exactly what I mean.  In order to make this curriculum a bit more interactive, I put together vocabulary journal prompts for the kindergarten team.  I piloted the program last school year, and my students quickly fell into the routine.  I knew it was something I wanted to repeat and implement more than once per week.  Not only did students have a much deeper understanding of the stories at hand, they were making connections to vocabulary words between two and three stories.  {Ahhhh-mazing!}

Below is a bit of student work from Farming Then and Now (unit 2).  The practice writing the word on one side of the journal and illustrate the other side.  You will see a "corn crop" in the first image and a "basket of harvested veggies" in the second.  :)

Unit 2 vocab journal prompts are available in my TPT store.  If you are looking for a way to spice up vocabulary in a kindergarten classroom/program where ReadyGEN is utilized, this is a effective and engaging way to work vocabulary work into your weekly routine.



Unit 2 Vocabulary Journal Prompts:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ReadyGEN-Kindergarten-Unit-2-Vocabulary-Interactive-Notebook-Bundle-3546758

Did you miss Unit 1 vocab prompts?  Here's a link:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ReadyGEN-Kindergarten-Unit-1-Vocabulary-Interactive-Notebook-Bundle-3265084


Kindergarten Handwriting Alphabet and Phonics {HWT Styles}

My current school district uses HWT to teach handwriting at the kindergarten level.  That means I have had to ditch alllllll of my handwriting packets that feature D'Nealian for now.  *insert frownie face with steam coming of nostrils here*

I find the GIANT books that come with the HWT program to be super challenging for my brand new kindergarten friends.  Their little hands fumble through the pages.  Someone always ends up on the wrong page.  Always.  Sigh.  So, to help guide us through the first 26 days of the school year, I use these little writing prompt sheets instead.  These also help us quickly move through lowercase handwriting practice and hit some phonics work at the same time.  Fast finishers can color the picture and add more details to the picture they drew in the box.

There are three different levels in all.  Choose which level is best for the group you are working with this school year.  I usually always start off with the beginner level.  There is still plenty of space for the smarty-pants kiddos to show off if need be.  This is great practice for anyone using a "ball and stick" style handwriting in kindergarten.
Click image to purchase this packet or read more about it in my TPT store.


Download the preview if you'd like a closer look at the pages.  You can pick them up half off over the weekend.  After that, the packet will go up to $3.00.

Link:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HWT-Kindergarten-Phonics-and-Handwriting-Practice-Packet-3343181

Back to School Sale {Aug 1 & 2}!

Save up to 25% on everything in my TPT store August 1 & 2!  This is a great time to save on some of the more expensive products, such as student portfolios and editable "I can" statements.  Be sure to add the promo code BTS2017.




Link:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Heather-Cacak

CCSS Kindergarten Data Tracking Forms {FREE}

After tracking all of the common core data last year, I decided to make my life easier THIS school year.  I whipped up data tracking forms for all of the ELA and Math standards that contain room for three terms worth of data per standard/strand.

Click here to download this packet for FREE!

I used forms last year that someone else made and they were very cute, but the lack of lines to separate terms nearly drove me batty.  So for the sake of my eyeballs, sanity, and keeping an entire school year worth of information on one page, here's my solution.  I hope it helps you, too.

• CCSS kindergarten data tracking forms
• Covers ELA and Math
• 3 terms / grading periods per standard
• Editable name fields
• Section / strand dividers included

Here's how I go about editing the names.  I do it this way because I only want to type the names ONCE!  After I type them one time, I highlight, copy, and paste my way through the remainder of the document.

Step 1:
Starting with student #1 on your roster, begin typing names.  Simply click the word "name" that I provided as a placeholder and start typing.



Step 2:
Highlight the name fields.  You now either A) right click your mouse to find the copy feature or B) press Ctrl C on your keyboard.  {I have a PC...I have no idea how Mac users would utilize such a feature.}  When your fields are highlighted, they will have little boxes around each name.




Step 3:
Go to your next standard that requires the names of students 1-15.  Delete the name fields on that page/slide so that the page has blank name slots like this...




Step 4:
Use the Ctrl V feature on your keyboard OR right click your mouse and choose the "paste" option to paste names 1-15 onto your new page. 




If some of the names do not line up 100%, just move them around by dragging the text box.  I never bother to do this.  The way it looks above it literally how I will leave it for printing.  :) 


You will do this for each of the first pages per standard.  Then, move on to your page 2 kiddos.  Print the pages when you all done.  

***Be sure to SAVE the file!  Print it in color so you can see the difference between math and ELA standards in a snap.***

Please remember, this is a FREE file. If you have something snarky to say about it, please address it with me first by sending me an email before leaving negative feedback in my TPT store.  I might actually be able to help you with whatever issue you are having.  It took me hours and hours to make this for myself (and my team of eight kindergarten teachers).  I am sharing out of kindness.  We allllllll need a little more kindness in our world.  So...be kind.  :)

Happy data tracking!

Link:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CCSS-Kindergarten-Data-Tracking-Forms-FREE-3283373